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Old 09-08-2011, 07:04 PM
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I am looking at a new chainsaw, I have it down to an 18 inch Homelite or Poulan. Which do the members here prefer.
Old 09-08-2011, 07:10 PM
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Both are OK but if you are going to do more than casual cutting, spend a few more $ and buy a Stihl, you won't regret it.
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A friend who never listened to advice to buy a Stihl or Husky bought a Poulan that the fuel cap swells up so you can barely get it on or off. When he bought a new cap it did the same thing.

Do a search on Poulan fuel caps and think of yourself in the same position.

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Husqvarna. You get what you pay for. (Stihl is ok too )
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FWIW, I bought a Poulan from Home Depot. Fell one tree and had to take it back. Started cutting up the tree with the replacement saw. Had to take it back. I bought a Stihl MS290 and have had it for 7 years now. It was double the cost of the Poulan but well worth it and probably has outlasted 2 or 3 Poulans anyway.
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I am a "Casual Cutter", and I bought the Poulan Pro 18" earlier this year. Cut down approximately 2 Cords of Firewood with it. Seems to run just fine. Next year I'm going to spoil myself and get a Stihl or Husquavarna. Oh, and stock up on Files too!
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my poulan has been great its a wally world special , but in 3 yrs has never let me down.
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STIHL!!!!! And start to get you a backstock of spare parts. Having your own parts store is a good thang
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I do trees for a living. Listen to whae MarkB said. Buy a stihl if you can afford it. You won't be sorry.
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I worked in the woods logging for years. STIHL is the most used and dependable saw out there JMO
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Spend the extra and get a Husqvarna or Stihl you won't be sorry. Either will last long enough to pay for the difference.
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Stihl. I use & abuse them daily. You get what you pay for.
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I would like to add Echo chainsaws. I've had two of them, a 440EVL w/18" bar ($300 20 years ago) and a CS670 w/24" bar ($600 6 years ago). I think Echo's CS (commercial seies) is about on par with Stihl and Husky. Just totally different pieces of equipment from dimestore saws.

Very important. My Echo dealer beat me to death about buying the right oil to mix with gas. NEVER EVER use outboard motor oil in a chainsaw. Outboards are water cooled and run much cooler than chainsaws. Their oil won't take the heat and will destroy the saw ...uh, the first time might be your last.

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I am looking at a new chainsaw, I have it down to an 18 inch Homelite or Poulan. Which do the members here prefer.
Homelite suuuuuuuuuuucks.
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Spend a few extra worthless American pesos and get a good saw... Stihl or Echo or Huskvarna.
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Stick with the reputable brand. The cheap ones are throwaways. No replacement parts and the chains are difficult to sharpen.
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When I went looking for a new saw I looked in the back of the work trucks that the loggers use, I saw many Huskies and Sthils, I bought a Husky with an 18 in bar and never looked back.
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Marcell and the Nehi bellywasher, a classic! He wanted one sooooo bad.
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Hate to say it cause it will cost ya a few more bucks but get a Stihl or Husqvarna, I was born and raised in a logging town and know chainsaws inside and out, I was helping my dad rebuild carbs from about 8 on and did repairs on saws for guys on the weekend all through high school to make some extra $$

The importance of being able to get spare parts and having the quality of a name brand can't be stressed enough when it comes to a chainsaw, it's a tool that your survival could depend on someday (firewood) so you don't really want to cut corners IMO.

I would also stock up on spare parts as you can, a couple spare chains, bars (maybe even a couple lengths), air filters, sprockets, carb rebuild kits, maybe even a piston and ring kit if your mechanical enough to put it in yourself.

With the right maintenance and care a good Stihl will be the first and only saw you ever have to buy. Just last week I cut 8 cord of firewood with a 20+ year old Stihl and it didn't miss a beat.

I saw mentioned above using good quality oil, that's very important too, chainsaws are high revving, high performance motors and need to be treated as such. I'd just go with whatever brand of saw you decide on, Husqvarna and Stihl both have their own lines of pre mix and bar oil.

Having chaps and steel toed boots is never a bad idea either, things can happen real quick when your running a saw!

Good luck!
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